A Hundred Words For Snow - on tour

Thursday 29 November 2018

London West End - Short plays - Shows - Tours

Written by Tatty Hennessy and directed by Lucy Atkinson, A Hundred Words For Snow will be on tour before landing at the West End's Trafalgar Studios next year.
A Hundred Words For Snow

Image courtesy RJG Productions

Playwright Tatty Hennessy's acclaimed coming of age story about grief, courage and polar bears - A Hundred Words For Snow - makes a welcome and deserved return next year after a run at this year's Vault Festival.

The show will be at Trafalgar Studios from 5 to 30 March 2019.

Before landing in the West End the show will be touring to ...

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (as part of SOLO Fest) - 4-7 Feb

Mill Studio at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford - 9 Feb

Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh - 19 Feb

The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant - 22 Feb

The Garage, Norwich - 26 Feb

The Riverfront, Newport - 28 Feb

With renowned polar explorer Felicity Aston MBE as a consultant, A Hundred Words for Snow is a journey of epic proportions in every sense - through grief, adolescence and across the Arctic - as it follows Rory on her mission to get the ashes of her Arctic enthusiast dad to the North Pole, whilst discovering the full extent of the planet's destruction and a lot about herself along the way.

As expectations of what women can and can't do melt away at the same rate as the polar ice caps, Rory demonstrates with warmth and wit that polar exploration is no longer solely the domain of men, and that our planet is in desperate need of saving.

After winning the Origin's Award for outstanding work at VAULT Festival 2018 and the Arcola Theatre's Heretic Voices Award for best new plays in monologue form, A Hundred Words for Snow is produced by RJG Productions and will once again be directed by Lucy Atkinson, one of The Stage's 'top talents to watch from VAULT Festival 2018'.

ActDrop reviewed A Hundred Words For Snow earlier this year when it was running at Vault Festival:

"A hugely enjoyable show with fluent and engaging acting from Gemma Barnett, in an unusual story, brilliantly written by Tatty Hennessy. Highly recommended."

You can read Peter Brown's 4 star review in full here.

Playwright Tatty Hennessy said ...

"As a female and feminist playwright, I'm excited to write a piece of serious drama focused on a teenage girl, one that takes her difficulties and desires seriously, especially at a time when the pressures and constraints on young women are so varied and complex.

It also looks at our relationship with the planet, the delicate interconnectedness of nature and our impact on the earth, sadly all the more relevant in the wake of the UNs stark and startling Climate Change Report."

Since graduating from LAMDA's Post Graduate Director's course in 2014, director Lucy Jane Atkinson has focused primarily on new writing, working across a wide range of projects, from intimate short plays to large scale immersive experiences, musicals, and devised pieces.

During this time she has directed work by award winning playwrights Camilla Whitehill, John O'Donovan, Tristan Bernays, Milly Thomas, Isley Lynn, and Susie Sillett, among others.

RJG Productions is run by Rebecca Gwyther who works as a freelance producer.

She is currently producing A Hundred Words for Snow (VAULT Festival, UK Tour & London Run (TBA)) and Scum (research and development).

Recently she has produced, Misfire (Cardiff Fringe & Ventnor Fringe), Precisionism (Where We Are Now LGBT+ Festival & The Hope Theatre), Great Again: The Musical (VAULT Festival), What Goes on in Front of Closed Doors (Pleasance Courtyard & UK Tour) and Finders Keepers for Hot Coals Theatre.

Rebecca is a Producer for Old Sole Theatre Company and has also worked in press and marketing at C venues and Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on a freelance basis in London.

About the playwright

Tatty Hennessy is a graduate of the Royal Court and Lyric Young Writer's Programmes.

Her last play, a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, was commissioned by Theatre N16 for Christmas and revived due to demand for Easter.

Her previous play All That Lives was developed in association with Ovalhouse for a sold-out run in their studio space.

She has written new work for Emerge, The Miniaturists and Little Pieces of Gold, and was commissioned by LAMDA to write an original play, Immaculate, for their students.

Tatty was commissioned by the National Youth Theatre to write F Off, a play in response to social media, for a showcase at the Criterion in the West End. She is passionate about tackling big ideas through small lenses and telling stories with ambition and heart.

Gemma Barnett is a recent graduate from the Oxford School of Drama and once again takes on the role of Rory in the play.

Her recent credits include Matt Parvin's Cousins (Soho Theatre), Ella Road's Roosting (Park Theatre), Rehearsed reading of Camilla Whitehill's Oil and Matter (Bunker Theatre) (Damsel Develops) and Josie-Dale Jone's Flog (Camden People's Theatre).

Prior to training Gemma, as an associate artist of ThisEgg, co-wrote and performed Goggles, which won the NSDF Edinburgh Emerging Artist's Award and is now being published by Oberon.


"It's a bit weird to be sitting in the Arctic Circle chatting to a fit boy with your Dad's ashes in your backpack"

Rory's Dad was an explorer.

Well, not literally.

Literally he was a Geography teacher.

But inside, she knows, he was Bear Grylls.

And when he dies suddenly in an accident, Rory knows he needs her help to make one last expedition.

With a plastic compass and Dad's ashes at her side, Rory sets off in the footsteps of all the dead beardy explorers before her, to get Dad to the North Pole.

Before Mum finds out they've gone.

A Hundred Words for Snow is about being an explorer in a melting world.

It's a coming of age story.

With polar bears.


Gemma Barnett - Rory


Author: Tatty Hennessy
Director: Lucy Jane Atkinson
Lighting: Lucy Adams
Sound: Mark Sutcliffe
Production: Rebecca Gwyther for RJG Productions


Trafalgar Studios - Trafalgar Studio 2
14 Whitehall


From: Tuesday 5 March 2019

Closed: Saturday 30 March 2019


Standard: From £20


Show website
ActDrop full listing for A Hundred Words For Snow

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